Words: Steve Brown
Tinder’s new feature will alert LGBTQ travellers when they are in a country that criminalises homosexuality.
With nearly 70 countries around the world that still criminalises homosexuality, LGBTQ holidaymakers or travellers fear for their safety when entering a country where they could be penalised or prosecuted because of their sexuality.
And now, dating app Tinder is adding a new feature – the Traveler Alert – to alert those who identify as LGBTQ when they are entering a country that criminalises homosexuality.
When opening the app, the Traveler Alert will say: “Based on your geographical location, it appears you're in a place where the LGBTQ community may be penalized.
“We want you to have fun, but your safety is our #1 priority.
"Please proceed with caution and take extra care when making new matches and meeting with people you do not know."
Users can then decide whether they want their profile to be hidden or show themselves while in the country.
If a user chooses to be shown on the app and has added sexual orientation or gender identity to their profile, that information will not be displayed until they leave the area.